Second Tot Lot Meeting

When: Saturday October 27th, from 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Summit Commons

There will be a second public meeting regarding the revitalization of the (so called) Tot Lot on the corner of 9th and Summit.  The meeting will be held on Saturday October 27th, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Summit Commons (between Chace Ave. and Hillside Ave).  In attendance will be members of the SNA board, head of the City Parks and Recreation department Bob McMahon, and landscape architect Megan Gardner.

There was some robust discussion of the toys at the park, the new community garden space, the park redesign and so forth on the list-serv after the initial meeting, so this is your opportunity to discuss those matters directly with SNA and the Parks Department.

The architectural rendering of the proposed redesign of the park can be viewed here:

Plans for improved “tot lot” include community gardens

Plans for improved “tot lot” include community gardens

City parks superintendent Robert McMahon and landscape architect Megan Gardner brief Summit residents at the "tot lot" Thursday.

By Kerry Kohring

About 25 adult Summit residents – plus a few kids here and there – were presented with the city’s proposal on Thursday for improving the playground/park at Ninth Street and Summit Avenue, which includes provision for community gardens.

However, concern by some of the people present about limiting the size of the play area prompted organizers to call for another public meeting.


Tot Lot Renovation & New Community Garden

Thursday, September 20th
6:00 p.m.
Location: Tot Lot on the corner of Summit and 9th Street
(Meeting is to take place at the Tot Lot itself, with a rain location will be Summit Commons, in the cafe room.)

The Summit Neighborhood Association in cooperation with the City of Providence Parks Department is excited to announce the planned renovation of the Summit Avenue Tot Lot at the corner of Summit and 9th streets.  Planned renovations include a redeveloped playground area and a new community garden.  You are invited to attend an open meeting at the Tot Lot on Thursday, September 20th at 6:00 p.m., where SNA Board members, Parks Director Bob McMahon, and Landscape Architect Megan Gardner of Gardner + Gerrish Landscape Architects LLC, will discuss the proposed redesign of the Tot Lot and the new community garden.

Line-up announced for the 3rd Annual Summit Music Festival – Saturday, August 18, 1-5pm

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012, 1-5PM
LIPPITT PARK (end of Blackstone Blvd)


The Stooges Brass Band  (New Orleans)
The Mighty Good Boys  (Providence)
Smith & Weeden  (Providence)
Moga  (Providence)

Dance performance by JUMP Dance Company

BEER GARDEN by Trinity Brewhouse

Kid’s Area, featuring performances by Sammy the Magic Clown & Sassy the Clown, and Rock-a-Baby

All that, plus great eats by Poco Loco Tacos, rocket fine street food, Like No Udder, and more, as well as local craft vendors for your shopping pleasure.

We are very excited to announce the line-up for the 3rd Annual Summit Music Festival, to be held in Lippitt Park on Saturday, August 18, from 1-5pm.  This is a FREE event!

On that day, we will be treated to the music of The Stooges Brass Band, fresh from New Orleans.  Please take a moment to check them out here:
“The Stooges Brass Band puts on one of the most entertaining, audience-interactive shows of any band on the scene.”
In addition to The Stooges Brass Band, we are also incredibly excited to feature Providence-based musical treasures The Mighty Good Boys, Smith & Weeden, and Moga.
You probably remember The Mighty Good Boys from their short acoustic set in front of our stage at 2011’s Summit Music Festival.  This year we will be treated to The Mighty Good Boys in their full electric glory on-stage.  Visit them here for a taste:
Both Smith & Weeden and Moga are staples of the Providence music scene.  If you are unable to get out late at night to hear them at one of their gigs across the city, this is your chance, live in your very own Lippitt Park on a Saturday afternoon!
The day will also feature a dance performance by JUMP Dance Company.  JUMP is a non-profit dance company dedicated to teaching dance and choreography in Providence.  Visit them here:
This year’s event will also feature a Kid’s Area, with performances by Summit’s own Sammy the Magic Clown and Sassy the Clown, as well as Rock-a-Baby, the interactive music program for infants and toddlers.
Lastly, be sure to come thirsty and hungry, because we will have a BEER GARDEN (Trinity Brewhouse), as well as various food trucks, such as Poco Loco Tacos, rocket fine street food, and Like No Udder vegan ice cream.
And as always, fine local crafts for your shopping pleasure!
Please take a moment now to visit the festival’s Facebook page and LIKE us there.  We’ll be posted all updates (and more!) there, so you can stay updated with the latest developments.
**For info on how to become a vendor at the event, please email .

The 2nd Annual Summit Music Festival

Come join us at the 2nd Annual Summit Music Festival in Lippitt Park!

After last year’s great event, we are gearing up to make this one even better. Just check out this roster of bands to perform:

Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons

the ‘Mericans

Midnight Honey

Extraordinary Rendition Band

Bear Connelly

Sunday, August 14 in Lippitt Park, 1 – 5 PM.

This is the park at the end of Blackstone Blvd, where it meets Hope St.

(Rain date is August 21)

All that great music, some locally-sourced craft vendors and food and vegan ice cream!

What more could you want on a summer Sunday in Lippitt Park?


What’s that you say? You’ve got kids? Great, this will be the perfect place to be with the whole family that day!

Sponsored by the Summit Neighborhood Association and the Great City of Providence.


Performers confirmed for Second Annual Summit Music Festival

This year’s Summit Music Festival is shaping up to be an awesome event!  We have confirmed all bands at this point, and boy does the lineup look good:

Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons

the ‘Mericans

Midnight Honey

Extraordinary Rendition Band

Bear Connelly

Sunday, August 14 in Lippitt Park, 1 – 5 PM.  (Rain date is August 21)

All that great music, some locally-sourced vendors and food and vegan ice cream!  What more could you want on a summer Sunday in Lippitt Park?

Re-opening of the fountain in Lippitt Park

Rather than reiterate what neighbors are saying, here is exactly what they are saying…

Dear Jesse,    I went to the fountain dedication this morning… when we arrived the place was full of people …  sitting on the fountain rim, strolling about,  passing to and from the farmers market… the weather was perfect, not too hot… and the mood alight with the pleasure of summer in the park…

But though there was water in the basin,   it wasn’t running.  And that was because first there were speeches under the tent… when your name was mentioned and mentioned in recognition of your tenacious work and belief in the fountain.

And then the speeches were over, Mayor Tavaras led the countdown. and after a pause the water began to flow down the concave tower into the small basins out the mouths of those wonderful deco faces … and everyone clapped and clapped.

And Jesse,  I couldn’t believe it, but tears came to my eyes… it was like the stone had been brought to life again.

When we left the fountain was still rimmed with children cooling their feet in the water…what a quintessential pleasure, what a memory  of growing up in the city.

So this is to say thank you so much for making it happen… you and all the people who got behind the idea in so many ways.

-Elizabeth Grossman, Summit Neighbor

Congratulations Jesse and all those involved – it is such a beautiful sight

to see a neighborhood come together.   Your effort have not gone  unnoti

ced….and just think of all the pleasure people will receive in years to

come visiting the fountain and enjoying the park.

-Pat  Zacks, Summit Neighbor

Hi Jesse—-Well  your vision for the fountain paid  off-and big time—Although I never had the opportunity to see it  run  previously, I surely did

at the dedication.

I think you, as well as many of the SNA members worked very hard to make

this day of dedication a reality.  I was happy to be of help to you, in a

small way, as well as to  the SNA – trying to  recruit new members just


I think Dean and his crew could not have done better-and I was happy for

the joint effort that so many people has shown.


Howie Gladstone, Summit Neighbor

Congrats Jesse. You should be proud. At long last this beauty is shining again. As a Summit resident I want to thank you for what I’m sure was a ton of hard work.

-Craig Borges, Summit Neighbor

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for fountain in Lippitt Park is June 4

Due to scheduling issues, the ribbon-cutting for the Henry Bowen Anthony fountain in Lippitt Park has been moved to June 4 at 11am.  This is even better timing than originally planned, as it coincides with the first day of the farmer’s market in the park for the season.

Among others, Mayor Taveras is expected to speak at this event.  We will also feature a live music performance by Gordon School’s The G-Notes.

Come out and enjoy the (hopefully) nice weather, and celebrate the re-opening of the fountain.  We hope you can make it!